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We’re new to this current house (live in the States) and for the past 2 years noticed that following issues start in the late Spring and progress into Fall

Leaves start to discolor (brown) at the tips, the discoloration causes the leaves to wilt, which then spreads to the rest of the impacted leaf; eventually these leaves drop.


We’ve had several save a tree people come out and look at the situation but they gave us different explanations. One was that the tree was planted to deep and that we need to “let it breathe” and remove l mulch around the trees’ circumference. The other explanation was that the tree had girdling roots which are choking the tree.


We tried to remove mulch around the tree so that it can breathe easier but the problem continues.


if it’s girdling roots, I don’t even know which to cut away. The girdling root situation doesn’t even look that bad.


What are your ideas?


thank you 








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32 minutes ago, trigger_andy said:

You dont think you’d be better off asking on a yank forum?

Why not a Japanese Forum ? 

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2 minutes ago, topchippyles said:

Why not a Japanese Forum ? 

I think I'm turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so ! 😁

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Well, back to matter in hand. It looks like some sort of raised bed / border, soil looks compacted. My A. palmatum still has flowers ( which bees are active on) and seeds attached so if pic is current, tree is suffering. Knowing Soil type could be useful and larger ( further back) pic of tree crown. K

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That looks like the kind of damage I get on my Acers when they are short of water. 


Is there any link between leaf damage and dry spells?  

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20 hours ago, topchippyles said:

Why not a Japanese Forum ? 

Possible language barrier there, Chippy. K

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